Christmas in Wake Forest – Historic Home Tour

The Holidays are truly a magical time in Wake Forest NC and every year we all look forward to Wake Forest NC Historic Home Tourthe biennial Holiday Historic Home Tour.  This year is shaping up to be one of the biggest tours ever with live music, refreshments, free horse drawn carriage rides and even the college carillon will be playing holiday music.  There are approximately 15 homes, churches and other buildings gloriously decorated and open for public viewing on the self-guided tour.  This tour is presented by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club

December 4, 2010
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Advance Tickets:  $12
Day of Tour:  $15
Children under 12:  Free Admission

Advance Tickets can be purchased at:

  • The Cotton Company, 306 S. White Street
  • NC Specialty Shops, 150 S. White Street
  • Olde English Tea Room, 219 S. White Street
  • Red Door Interiors, 221 S. White Street
  • Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White Street
  • Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White Street
  • Wake Forest Town Hall, 1st Floor Service Window, 301 S. Brooks Street

If you are traveling into Wake Forest NC for this tour and would like to receive any additional information please feel free to send me an email or give me a call – I would be delighted to help!  I live, work and play in Wake Forest NC and I can help you with any questions you may have. 

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Things to Do in Wake Forest NC – November 29 – December 5, 2010 The HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!

The Holidays are most definitely in full swing in Wake Forest NC!  It’s a truly magical week comingthings to do in wake forest nc up with so much Holiday spirit and quite a bit of variety!  Some highlights to mention that you will definitely want to get onto your hectic schedule are the traditional Lighting of Wake Forest, Holiday Historic Home Tour, Breakfast with Santa and, of course, the Holiday Market at the Wake Forest Farmers Market!  Take a look at all there is to choose from this week and I am sure that you will find something to squeeze into your hustle and bustle.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Morning Club Meetings
Mondays; 9:30 am weigh in and 10:10 am meeting
Wakefield Baptist Church, 13029 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all! Your first session is free and annual membership is only $26. No meeting on Dec. 27. Contact Karen Banks for more information at (919) 569-7595. http://www.tops.org

Public Meeting: Phase II Stormwater Management Program
Wednesday, Dec 1; 2 pm
Wake Forest Town Hall, Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks St.
The Town of Wake Forest has scheduled a public meeting to gather input on its Phase II Stormwater Management Program. The Phase II Stormwater Management Program details the proposed plan for the five-year term of Wake Forest’s Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The overall goal of the Phase II permit is to adopt stormwater control policies, strategies, and rules designed to protect North Carolina’s surface waters from impacts of stormwater pollutants and run-off volumes. The report is available for viewing at http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/residents/engineering.aspx. For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Scott Miles at (919) 435-9442 or smiles@wakeforestnc.gov.

Lighting of Wake Forest
Friday, Dec 3; 6 pm – 8 pm
Centennial Plaza at Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest will officially kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of Wake Forest. Presented by the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation (DRC), this year’s ceremony will feature the lighting of a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the eagerly anticipated arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick. The event will also include performances by the Wake Forest Elementary Chorus, the Heritage High School Band, the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Choral Ensemble, and the Friendship Chapel Baptist Praise Dancers. Horse and carriage rides will also be provided, weather permitting. The Town of Wake Forest will offer self-guided tours of town hall until 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.wakeforestdowntown.com or call the Wake Forest DRC at (919) 570-1372.

13th Annual Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec 4; 7:30 am – 11 am
The Mill Room in The Factory, 1839 S. Main St.
Breakfast with Santa is a fun way to kick-off the holiday season with your family. You and your family will enjoy taking a photo with Santa and having breakfast. This annual fundraising event is presented by the WF Junior Woman’s Club. The majority of funds raised will go toward the Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship, a one time $1200 scholarship to an area Senior for their upcoming college career.  During the event, scholarship applications will be available. Ticket prices are as follows: children 2 years of age and under: $5 each; children 3 years of age and up (including adults): $10.00 each. Price includes breakfast plus one photo per child’s ticket purchased. Register at http://www.wfjuniors.com/Breakfast_w__Santa_09.html

Wake Forest Elementary PTA Rockin’ Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec 4; 8 am – 3 pm
Wake Forest Elementary, 136 W. Sycamore St.
Come out for a Rockin’ good time at the 2nd annual Rockin’ Holiday Bazaar.  Vendors are still being accepted to this arts and crafts show.  The Bazaar will also feature a Kids Holiday Gift Shop from 10 am-2 pm for kids to buy their holiday gifts for parents, teachers, siblings, and more!  Stop by and get your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon-2pm. For more information or a vendor application visit http://www.wakeforestelementary.org/pta or email rockinbazaar@gmail.com.


Holiday Market (Wake Forest Farmers Market)

Saturday, Dec 4; 9 am – 3 pm
American Legion Post 187, 225 E. Holding Ave.
Start early Christmas shopping with your local Wake Forest Farmers Market. Bailey Newton and Phyllis Blackwell of Triple B Farm will cook their famous Brunswick stew. Music by Dry Bread Road. For more information, call (919) 556-2284 and visit our website at http://www.wakeforestmarket.org.

Wake Forest Crafters Market
Saturday, Dec 4; 9 am – 3 pm
Wake Forest Park & Ride Lot, corner of Elm and S. White St.
For more information, call (919) 556-2284 or visit the Wake Forest Farmers Market website at http://www.wakeforestmarket.org.

Get Fit NC 5K
Saturday, Dec 4; 9 am
Start/Finish at Wake Forest Elementary School, 136 W. Sycamore Ave.
The NC Medical Society Alliance, a 501 (c) (3) charitable nonprofit, is hosting the Get Fit NC 5K in downtown Wake Forest. The Get Fit NC 5K raises money to purchase equipment for public school physical education programs in need across North Carolina. As a result of the Get Fit NC 5K, teachers desperate for equipment have received help in the form of jump ropes, pedometers, exercise balls and much more. Online registration is available at http://www.active.com/running/wake-forest-nc/get-fit-nc-5k-2010. A race form may be downloaded at http://www.ncmsalliance.org/get_fit_race.htm. The start/finish and parking are at Wake Forest Elementary School.  Registration is $25 and the pre-registration deadline is November 26.  After that date, the fee increases to $30. For more information, call (919) 833-3836 x124.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec 4; 10 am – 5 pm
Historic Downtown Wake Forest
Get all your holiday shopping done in Historic Downtown Wake Forest! Visit different merchants for unique gifts, listen to the strolling carolers, meet Santa and enjoy family activities. Weather permitting horse and carriage rides will be offered. Call (919) 570-1372 or visit http://www.wakeforestdowntown.com.

Pictures with Santa
Saturday, Dec 4; 11 am – 3 pm
Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
Meet Santa and have your picture taken with him in Historic Downtown Wake Forest. For more information, call (919) 570-1372 or visit http://www.wakeforestdowntown.com.

Historic Home Tour
Saturday, Dec 4; 2 pm – 8 pm
Historic Wake Forest
Presented by the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of tour. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 450 North Main St. For more information, contact Agnes Wanman at (919) 435-9516 or visit http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx.


Open House Concerts: Historic Home Tour

Saturday, Dec 4; 2 pm – 8 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave.
Mini holiday concerts by candlelight featuring local choirs, soloists, ensembles and instrumentalists as part of the Wake Forest Historic Home Tour. Concerts will take place in the beautiful historic sanctuary of Wake Forest Baptist Church every hour on the hour starting at 2 pm. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Fitzgerald, Minister of Music at Wake Forest Baptist Church davidfitzgerald@ncrrbiz.com.

WFRMS PTSA Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, Dec 5; 8 am – 10 am
Applebee’s; 11805 Retail Dr.
Help support the Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School PTSA! Breakfast plates will be $7 each, including three pancakes, two sausage links and a drink of your choice with refills on drinks. What a perfect way to start your day—enjoy a delicious breakfast and maybe some holiday shopping afterwards or just family fun time. 


A Community Christmas Festival

Sunday, Dec 5; 6:30 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave.
A celebration of holiday music and Christmas carols by candlelight featuring choirs, handbells, majestic pipe organ and brass quintet in the beautifully decorated sanctuary of Wake Forest Baptist Church. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Fitzgerald, Minister of Music at Wake Forest Baptist Church davidfitzgerald@ncrrbiz.com.

Observations From The Road – A Realtor® Turned Buyer: Mobile Apps – ZILLOW WINS!

android xThere were so many things that we noticed while on vacation from a BUYERS PERSPECTIVE that I just have to blog about them.  The first post I did Observations From The Road – A Realtor® Turned Buyer: Outdoor Flyers got a ton of comments and opinions about Outdoor Flyers but I think my post may have been a bit misunderstood.  Again, these posts are from a buyer’s perspective.  So, if you missed that post and want to catch up just click the link above. 

Before leaving on our trip I had already had MANY apps loaded on my Android X for Real Estate.  Here are few that we used – the ones we absolutely LOVED and the ones that didn’t work so well for us.  These are just our opinions.

  • Zillow – while many of you know that I DON’T LIKE Zillow for their Zestimates I have to sayzillow search that the Zillow mobile app rocked beyond belief and did way above and beyond!  I was able to turn my GPS on and have the app track where we were and “move with me” down the street.  Any home that was for sale popped up and we were able to get ALL the information we needed – LOVED IT!  
  • Zip Realty – Well, it’s kind of obvious for this one – if Zip Realty isn’t a prevalent company in the target area then you aren’t going to get any homes for sale which is what the case was where we were.
  • Realtor.com – We were REALLY disappointed with this app.  I had tested this app here is Wake Forest many times and it is just NEVER accurate.  There are homes for sale that are simply not in the mobile app.  Try as I might to refine the search or keep hitting the “More Listings” button the homes would just not come up.  In OUR opinion it was just not as user friendly and appealing as Zillow.
  • HotPads – a pretty nifty app that we could pull up both rentals and homes for sale.  Didn’t have some of the “cool” features like the other apps but still pretty useful!
  • MyNewPlace – this app is strictly for rentals and from what we could tell it seemed to be pretty up to date.  There is no map feature for this app but it does list all the properties for rent.  It was overwhelming at times though to have to weed through the actual apartment complexes to get to the private rentals.

gpsI am sure there are many other apps available that we didn’t get to try out but I have to say again…….ZILLOW hands down was our favorite!  It offered a VERY user friendly interface, provided an abundance of pertinent information for the properties for sale and the properties for rent.  If you haven’t downloaded Zillow on your smartphone already you might want to go ahead and do it and EXPLORE!

Busy Weekend Full of Things To Do in Wake Forest NC! November 15 – 21, 2010

This weekend in Wake Forest is busy with Holiday preparations in full swing!  The shops and things to do in Wake Forest NCrestaurants in historic, downtown Wake Forest are gearing up with their festive window displays, the homes in the historic district are preparing for the Historic Home Holiday Tour and everyone is busy, busy, busy making their plans for all the activities yet to come!

This weekend you can find a few events that you should certainly pencil into your schedule!  Check out the Farmers Market in historic, downtown Wake Forest, help keep downtown Wake Forest clean by participating in the monthly “Clean Up Day” or visit the Fall Festival Bazaar to pick up a few unique Holiday decorations of your own!  There are MANY ongoing Food Drives, School Supply Drives and more throughout the week – help and/or donations are always appreciated!

Jones Dairy Elementary School Supply Drive

Oct 1 – Nov 19
Capitol Financial Solutions invites you to help provide much ‐ needed school supplies to Jones Dairy Elementary School. Currently, the most urgent need is for white copy paper. Drop off donations at Jones Dairy Elementary, 1100 Jones Dairy Rd. or Capitol Financial Solutions, 8510 Colonnade Center Drive, Suite 101. Cash and/or checks made out to Jones Dairy Elementary will also be accepted. Thank you for your support! (919) 546-0400.


WF Police Department’s 4th Annual Turkey Drive

Oct 15 – Nov 19
The Police Department is collecting frozen turkeys and monetary donations or gift cards to purchase turkeys for the 4th Annual Turkey Drive. Drop off all donations at the new police substation located at 221 S. Brooks St. next to town hall. The turkeys will be distributed to needy families on Tuesday, Nov. 23 between 8 am and noon at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. For more information, contact Detective M. W. Sattler at (919) 435-9614.


Wakefield Rotary Club 2nd Annual Poinsettia Sale

Nov 5 – Nov 22
The Wakefield Rotary Club is selling poinsettias to raise funds for the local YMCA Y-Learning program. The holiday plants can be purchased from any Wakefield Rotary Club member or by calling Scott Stuchel at (919) 562-9060. To assure availability, poinsettia orders must be placed by Nov. 22. Individuals can order 6-inch ($9), 8-inch ($15) or 10-inch ($18) poinsettia plants. The plants must be picked up on Friday, Dec. 3, at Village Pharmacy of Wake Forest, 900 S. Franklin St.


Operation Christmas Child

Nov 15 – 22
Wake Forest Christian Church, 203 Capcom Ave. Suite 117
Wake Forest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be serving as a Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child this holiday season. Filled shoe boxes can be delivered to the church Nov 15 – 22 during the following times: Monday (Nov 15) through Friday (Nov 19) 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday 9 am – 4 pm; Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm; Monday (Nov 22) 9 am – 12 pm. For a complete list of recommended items, please refer to the link for Operation Christmas Child: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/. For questions, please contact Pastor Jamie Eubanks at (919) 569-0015. Wakedisciples@embarqmail.com


Downtown Clean Up Day

Saturday, Nov 20; 9 am – 11 am
The Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation organizes a monthly clean up of the streets of downtown. This is a great opportunity to help the community and to earn service hours. Students 16 years and under must be accompanied by a parent. Please call (919) 570-1372.


Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, Nov 20; 8 am – Noon
Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
Linda Tilly of Willow Oak Adventures will talk about care, feeding, grooming of rabbits. Also, pet rabbits versus  growing rabbits for meat, nutritional facts on rabbit meat. Rabbit fertilizer will be given away. Joy Thomas of JoiFulNoiz will bring her spinning wheel and one of her rabbits to spin fiber directly from the groomed rabbit. For more information, visit http://www.wakeforestmarket.org or call (919) 556-2284.

Wake Forest United Methodist Church Fall Festival/Bazaar
Saturday, Nov 20; 9 am – 5 pm
Wake Forest United Methodist Church, 905 S. Main St.
Come and enjoy a day of shopping, good food and live music! Proceeds will benefit ChurchNet, Meals on Wheels and WFUMC. 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Foot-long Hot Dog Lunch; 5 pm – 7 pm: Brunswick Stew Dinner. Homemade treats, baked goods, unique gifts and Christmas decorations. (919) 556-2239.


La Leche League of Wake Forest Saturday – Series Meeting

Saturday, Nov 20: 10:30 am
Wake Forest Christian Church, 203 Capcom Ave., Suite 117
La Leche League of Wake Forest Saturday meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 am at the Wake Forest Christian Church. La Leche League provides breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support to pregnant and nursing mothers.  For more information, please contact LLLofWakeForestSaturday@gmail.com.

Observations From The Road – A Realtor® Turned Buyer: Outdoor Flyers

This past week was filled with family, fun and sun!  And a little house-hunting.  Okay, a LOT of house hunting!  It was wonderful to take off my Realtor® hat and not answer the phone (I did occasionally), not answer the emails (unless they were critical) and to just enjoy my family and time away from home.

It’s always interesting to see what is going on real estate wise in other parts of the country, different terms that are used and how homes are advertised.  This trip was no exception and the lessons learned were invaluable.  Through a series of posts I thought I would give my opinions on what we saw or didn’t see and hopefully give us all a little something to think about.

First up is OUTDOOR FLYERS!  I have never been huge on flyers.  They are a pain to keep up to date with information and even more of a pain to keep stocked.  However, I think I have come to the other side of the proverbial fence on this one….

We found that while driving around looking at houses we WANTED the flyers out front and not only did we want flyers we wanted:

  • a PRICE on the flyer
  • Specifics such as bedrooms, baths, formals, sq ft,
  • Pictures – pictures PLEASE!  Preferably color photos.

We found so many EMPTY flyer boxes and when we did find flyers they were horrible!  Here is what we deemed “wrong” with the flyers we did find:

  • Black and White photos.  Many times the photos were out of focus and they were in black and white.  I am not sure about you but you really can’t discern much from a black and white photo.
  • A picture of the front of the house ONLY!  First of all, I am sitting in front of the house so I already know what it looks like.  I want to see pictures of the inside of the house and the back yard.  While I am sure that in YOUR mind the picture of the front of house is there for me to remember the house later it still won’t stand out because I know nothing of the inside of the house.
  • No price!  If you think it is a ploy to get me to call you then you are wrong.  Unless I am sitting in front of the Taj Mahal and think it might be in my price range – I am not calling!  There are WAY too many other homes on the market for me to say NEXT!
  • Specifics Please!  I don’t need to know that it is located conveniently to whatever highway or shopping is near by – odds are I took that highway to get to the home.  I need to know more about the inside of the home.  Is it an open floorplan?  Does it have a fireplace?  Breakfast room?  Formals?  Marble or granite counters?  Any upgrades?  And for goodness sake, PLEASE tell me how many bedrooms and baths the home has.
  • Photo-copies of copies.  Seriously?  Many of the flyers were copies of copies of COPIES making the print and the pictures even WORSE!
AND HERE WAS A BIG ONE THAT STOOD OUT TO US!  Jon was appalled to see it and if I were the seller I would fire you in a heartbeat!!!!
  • Advertising on the back of the flyer all of the other homes that you have for sale.  While I MIGHT could see it if the homes were in a totally different price point these weren’t!  They were listings that were in the same price range as the home the flyer was in front of.  What are you telling the seller?  You are essentially telling the seller that THEIR home is no better than the other homes.  The seller DESERVES their own flyer and needs to know that YOU as their AGENT are putting THEIR best interests forward.  They came to YOU to sell THEIR house – not all of the other homes you may have listed.

It’s funny, Jon could get past all of the other misfortunes on the flyers but he STILL is talking about the advertising of other properties on the back of flyers.

Through all of this it is up to you as to whether you will do flyers for your listings.  I will say as a BUYER I loved the flyers and YES, we did make appointments for a few of the homes that we saw based on the GOOD flyers.  If you DO decide to do flyers please be sure that they are professional, crisp and cleanHave your contact information on them so people can get in touch with you (yes, some lacked that) and be sure that you are giving buyers the information that they want!

And one last little recommendation…….have your flyer box at an appropriate level so the kids riding in the back seat can jump out and grab the flyer!  HAHAHA!!  Liam was our Flyer Grabber and he couldn’t reach a few of the boxes.  What’s even funner???  I am only 5 feet tall and I COULDN’T REACH A FEW OF THE BOXES!!!!!

Come Celebrate at the Wake Forest NC Public Library – It’s Their Birthday!

Wake Forest NC Public LibraryThe Wake Forest NC Public Library is an amazing place to spend the after perusing its many shelves of  books, spending time on their computers doing research or attending the MANY programs that are available for parents, toddlers or teens!  The Wake Forest NC Public Library is such a focal point in the community here and guess what?  It’s their birthday!!!!  Their 14th Birthday at their current location! 

Everyone is invited to come to their super spectacular Birthday Celebration which is planned for:

Saturday, November 6th, from 10am – 1pm

Just a few of the activities planned are:

  • Adorable facepainting by Ebony Child Face Painting Services.  The can create kittens, tigers, Wake Forest NC Public Librarypuppies, butterflies, flowers, and more!
  • a Magic Show
  • Balloon Twisting
  • a visit from the Friends of the Library mascot, “Bookman” 
  • a BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Facepainting will be between 10am – 11am and noon – 1pm.  At 11am you can catch “Fish the Magish” for a delightful comedy magic show which includes storytelling, live audience participation and magical surprises!

So, come show your support and help celebrate the Wake Forest NC Library on November 6th from 10am – 1pm. 

Holiday Open House at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest NC

There is NO better way to kick off the Holiday Season AND get your Holiday shopping started or wrapped up than the Holiday Open House at The Cotton Company.


The Cotton CompanyThe Cotton Company is an amazing shopping destination in historic, downtown Wake Forest NC that houses over 50 unique specialty shops offering one of a kind gifts for all!  They ranked in the Top 10 Raleigh Best Shopping Malls & Centers and it was well-deserved!  In 2000, the W.W. Holding Cotton Exchange Warehouse was purchased with a vision for transformation.  The building was renovated in phases and the end result is truly a testament to ingenuity, foresight and determination.  The Cotton Company houses upscale, boutique-styled shopping in a casual yet refined environment.  There are unique pieces offered by local artisans, one of a kind gifts and stunning home decor items available. 

In addition to the retail items The Cotton Company also houses personal local artist’s studios.  Not only will you be able to view and purchase their work but also personally meet them to ask questions.

The second level hosts private parties, wedding receptions, The Cotton Companyrehearsal dinners and more.  I personally have attended a wedding reception at The Event Gallery and I can tell you first hand that they leave no details overlooked.  First rate and an amazing atmosphere.

The Holiday Open House at The Cotton Company will be held November 5 – 7!! 

There will be several door prizes including a GRAND PRIZE of a $250.00 gift card, complimentary refreshments, amazing product samples AND…..are you ready for this??  Word has it that SANTA will be making his first appearance of the season!!!  He will be meeting and greeting, you know networking :), and will even be taking photographs!  I know, right??  Pictures with Santa are free but he does ask that you make a donation to the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment.  If you are wanting to be sure to get a glimpse of Santa then you will need to be at The Cotton Company either November 5th or November 6th from 10am – 12pm either day.  He has a pretty hectic schedule this year so be sure to thank him for graciously making an appearance!